GREAT REASONS TO RAISE BACKYARD CHICKENS
Guest-written by my awesome wife Renee Ridgeley
- •Paying Rent in EggsGive a chicken a warm dry coop, food and water, and she'll provide delicious eggs. No roosters are needed for hens to give up the goods. Those magical orange yolks are considered natures' best sauce. Depending on the breed, a chicken can lay up to 300 eggs per year. Extra eggs make great gifts for the neighbor complaining that the clucking is drowning out the sound of their gas leave blower.
- •Eggs Don't Need RefrigerationThe almighty chicken design team created a bird whose body coats each egg with a seal called the bloom that protects eggs from bacteria. So while commercial legs must be refrigerated because the bloom has been washed off, homegrown eggs can be stored in a cool countertop until it's time to rinse off and crack.
- •Eco-friendly GardeningA backyard flock will scratch and aerate the soil, turn a compost, and eat both the weeds and the bugs.
- •Living Garbage DisposalsChickens love kitchen scraps. Toss them leftovers and they'll squawk love songs. Feed them spaghetti and they'll go berserk over the "white worms." Remember, chickens will eat almost anything, so don't feed them chicken.
- •Magic PoopChicken droppings are excellent for composting. A scoop of poop adds richness to any working compost heap.
- •Great pets for kidsKids love chickens. Over time the hens will become tame and let the kids snuggle them. Chickens are lovable hilarious idiots.
- •Circle of LifeChickens die a lot. But it's a great way to introduce kids to the concept of death. We've lost chickens to hawks, cats, and clogged egg butts. It prepares kids (not really) for the eventual deaths of dogs and grandparents.